There’s nothing quite like the great British high street to come up with clothing stores that are fashion focused and friendly towards our bank balance!
If you love shopping, but hate the thought of spending a huge proportion of your wages on just one or two new season items, you need a hit list of stores you can rely on to give you an affordable fashion hit. And that’s where we step in. From the ONE high street store that every fashion editor shops at to the little-known and up-and-coming brands that’ll ensure you stand out from the crowd, make a detour on your next shopping trip to one of these affordable high street stores…
We’re all about anything that makes life easier, so being able to pick up a designer lookalike at the same time as doing the grocery shop is the fashion dream. F&F at Tesco have really upped their game of late, and you can expect colourful styles in this season’s favourite shapes to flatter women of all sizes.
We’re sure you’ve heard of high street heavyweight H&M, but banish all thoughts you have of styles made for teenagers and dig deeper – the conscious and premium quality collections in particular are a real favourite amongst fashion editors. Head there at the start of each season to snap up the most stylish buys, but be quick – the most coveted ones sell out quickly.
Monki is a great place to go to if you want this season’s trends at a price that won’t make you feel like you’re committing too much. With a focus on fun, wearable buys – think oversized t-shirt dresses and plenty of quirky patterns – their styles make for great off-duty outfit options.
US brand LOÉIL is a little-known retailer with a
focus on clean minimalism, simplicity and femininity. Expect stand-out
prints, quirky design accents and expensive looking fabrics at around
£60 for a top and £90 for a dress. And since the brand is fairly low-key
here in the UK, people will never guess that you paid such a low price.
We won’t tell if you don’t!
If you haven’t shopped on the fashion mecca that is ASOS yet, you’re certainly missing out! With new styles landing everyday, their feminine, fashion-forward edge has put them a step in front of competitors to make the brand one of the most popular amongst the fashion set. Look out for their spectacular occasionwear in particular.
It doesn’t get better than high street
heavyweight Zara. Known as the lower price point rival to many
designers, Zara is never one to put a foot wrong. A mecca for
fashion-forward women (and men), head here for next season’s trends with
a sophisticated edge. Make it your must-visit store on any shopping trip.
Not to be overlooked, Gap have been making quality denim and basics for nearly 50 years now, and in that time they’ve mastered their USP. Head here for great jeans, denim jackets and good quality shirts. Perfect for nailing the minimalism trend that’s still a fashion favourite.
From humble beginnings as a market stall in Stockholm, Cheap Monday has evolved into a brand that’s coveted the world over. Expect jeans that are a cult favourite, plus plenty of street style buys – an oversized jumper here, or a slouchy shirt there. Jeans will set you back around £50 a pair.
A Common Space
A Common Space was launched in 2015, and in just a year they’ve managed to make it on to the wish list of many a fashion editor. They want to make getting dressed in the morning simple and fun, so their collection consists of wearable tailored buys with a twist – i.e. a sheer bomber, or striped kimono sleeve shirt. Prices sit at around £40 for a dress.
The ultimate place to buy your basics, Uniqlo has a real focus on quality and comfort. Head here as autumn approaches for the most affordable cashmere you’re likely to find at around £80 for a cardigan. Uniqlo is also great for petite women thanks to their in-store altering service.